It Takes a Village! Guest Blog by Jackie Glasheen
You have heard that statement right? It takes a village to raise a child? Well, it can take a village to teach a child as well! Jackie Glasheen, one of our great Holyoke Public School Principals has some great words explaining the added cost teachers face in the classroom and how rallying behind our great teachers with this drive is just the encouragement our teachers need:
Well it is that time of year again! Soon you we be seeing all the back to school ads on TV, radio, and internet! As these ads primarily target parents of school age children, there is a whole other population getting ready to return to school….teachers!
Your children’s teachers begin thinking about the first day of school the day after school gets out in June! They are planning the lessons they will teach, they are reading the novels they will read with your kids, and they are purchasing back to school supplies. That’s right, teachers spend an average of $513.00 of their own money to ready their classrooms.
According to a recent survey on teachers’ spending behavior, SheerID – the leading teacher verification provider – and Agile Education Marketing identified that teacher spending is up year-over-year going into the 2014 back-to-school season. Their study also identified that in the 2013-2014 school year, teachers in the United States have spent an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials, books for their classrooms, and professional development. Additionally, the survey also polled teachers on their attitudes and loyalty towards retailers and other companies that offer teacher discounts or teacher appreciation programs. An overwhelming 80% of teachers identified that they are more loyal to brands that offer teacher discounts, and 81% will seek out companies that offer teacher discounts.
Please don’t misunderstand me, school district do provide supplies students need in the average classroom. (pencils, crayons, rulers, paper, scissors, etc.) However teachers are perfectionists and want/need to do more. Folders are great for keeping student work, but colored folders that organize different small groups are easier to locate and put together. Children love to use crayons, but markers in an array of colors and smells make the work all that much more fun. These are just a few examples of items teachers would buy to enhance their classroom learning environments.
I think that Ross Insurance’s idea to help defray these costs for teachers by creating back to school packs to be raffled off is fantastic. This raffle will not only provide teachers with supplies to enhance their classrooms it will also be one more way of showing teachers that their business community is behind them and supporting them in their efforts.
Guest Blog Written by Jackie Glasheen, Principal at the Kelly School in Holyoke, MA.